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I’m not getting involved in mud slinging...no one comes out of that well.

If anything, he may well drop a line to Vauxhall UK but otherwise, he’ll just tell all his family and friends which will result in a few more customers, perhaps.

In the meantime, a bit of Moggy action as promised.

After a quick search for contraband (and werthers), we were declared safe to go in...


The drivers seat cover was duly removed...


Aaah, right. Think I may just refit it for the moment. The rear seat is okayish but I may stick the cover on anyway for reasons of aesthetic equality.

Popped the bonnet....yes, it’s still there...




Pretty intact in the nether regions too.

It does shine up quite well...a bit of a six footer as some may say?



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Following a chance conversation with a local classic trader who was moving a car from the local farm where I store a few bits, this happened...


Farewell, little green Moggy...it was a pleasure trying to squeeze behind your incredibly large steering wheel.
It’s space on the driveway has been occupied by another product of the midlands (also curiously lacking in driver comfort and only slightly more refined a driving experience)


Don’t suppose anyone here has got a surplus 14” approx diameter steering wheel with a 48 spline boss to fit a Defender?



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According to uncle Boris, we’re now ok to travel as far as we want for exercise so, bearing this in mind, the divine Mrs NM and I decided to set off this morning at 07.00 to drive 260 miles south in order to take a gentle stroll around a fellow shiters driveway, obviously whilst keeping a social distance at all times.

We can’t find anything in the rules to state we must travel back in the same vehicle though, so we are thinking of purchasing another vehicle in order that I can play my favourite show tunes CD whilst she listens to radio 2 on the drive back home from our pre-planned exercise.

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Having got as far as Luton before passing a sign saying essential travel only, we pulled over and rung Mr Cummings for some advice.

Good news...once I’d explained what we were planning, he agreed it was indeed essential and in fact he wishes he’d thought of this a few weeks ago.

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That was a nice stroll.

Luckily enough, there was actually a vehicle for sale so we decided it would be rude not to.


We are now enjoying* an overpriced Ginsters in the car park at Clackett lane services as everywhere is shut other than that well known, Michelin starred purveyor of fine quality pastry snacks, W.H.Smith esq.

Living the Autoshite dream here, chaps...


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On 5/6/2020 at 11:54 PM, hairnet said:

you were talking about coils - had a stick coil split on a kawasaki while in ireland - rang the only kwak place in the country - how much m9

something like 85 quid for the coil (which id have to wait for) and 3 hours labour!!!!!!!!!!! rate then was at least 60-65 euro an hour

googled part numbers and found out what car they also fit (worked in trade a long time - never buy stuff on cars thats made by others from dealers)

me and uncle pat did it at the side of the cavan athlone road in about that including tea and rain showers for 29 quid i think a denso one was (been 12 years)

used to get plugs for a friend for his aprilia rsv - iridium flash ones (2001)

found out they were shared with ferraris - ngk from fezza 25 quid each + vat (12)

aprilia wanted 11 quid each - theres only two but even so

crossed them and the normal ones were 2.30 each and iridi were 5.ish each


I worked for Lucas. One of the projects I was involved with was the Smart Solenoid project. We in Keighley were to make a replacement on off solenoid for the DPC pump.  College Road in Brum, were to attach electronics to it and cover it with hardened steel, and then ship it to Lucas Diesel.in Blois  in the Loire Valley, who would fit one every 6 seconds to a DPC pump. 

We had access to the previous designs variants made in Gillingham (24v) and La Rochel (12v) and made a trip to France to see how they made it. Ours was half the size because we had to make room for the electronics. 


Our costings showed that thiers cost about £4 to make and the ours would be £3.50. The electronics and hardened steel cover would add about £15. 

Now imagine when I'd left Lucas and had a problem which I thought was the on off solenoid on my AX 1.4D.  On heavy braking coming off the motorway, it would cut out. 

To aid my diagnosis, I priced up a new La Rochel made solenoid.

At VW Rover Citroen Puegot dealers. 

Prices ranging from 65 to 85 quid. 

Now that's some Mark Up. But turns out to be typical in automotive. 

I turned up the idle speed instead. 

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Got to say a massive thank you to @colc who was happy to spend his bank holiday waiting in for us....it was an absolute pleasure to meet you 🙂

The big grey bugger performed faultlessly on the return journey. Having filled the tank when we left Maidstone, I topped up again back up here and have averaged 25mpg which, bearing in mind I didn’t exactly hang about, I am more than happy with.

You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for much in the way of further updates as it’s currently sat outside a customers house in the village where I left it this morning to collect a Fiesta for service and MOT.


Just use your imagination....it’s the same colour but  a smidge bigger.

That bloody exhaust note though when you fire it up.....hilarious! 😂😂 (the Nissan obvs, not the Fezza)

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8 hours ago, Flat4 said:

Yes! It's moved north! Dibs please, if you ever sell it ;) How do you find the driving position?

Driving position is ok, could probably do to be sat either 2 inches further back or 2 inches higher for ultimate comfort but it’s not really an issue. I may have a fiddle with the seat brackets and the mig later though.

Got to get rid of that silly plastic footrest where the clutch pedal would normally be though. That’s my usual 1st mod on any new MX5 too.

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By the way, after the culinary experience of Clackets Lane, we stopped to swap cars at Oxford services only to find their bloody Burger King open.

No junk food for two months only to be then handed the chance when we’d already dined* not 45 minutes previously.

You couldn’t make that shit up. 

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I was asking about the driving position to see if you'd fit in an Elgrand! The one I viewed felt a bit more cramped than the Granvia. Probably isn't much in it but possibly slightly narrower and less tall.

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